Arts

Frankie (Harris Dickinson), the main character in writer/director Eliza Hittman’s phenomenal drama “Beach Rats,” opening Sept. 8 at Ritz Theatres, doesn’t think of himself as gay, but he regularly cruises gay Brooklyn chat rooms. He cloaks himself in darkness on his webcam and is often prompted by guys to show more of his face and body. When Frankie asks a guy he meets online to expose himself, he is embarrassed by (or ashamed of) his desires to articulate what he knows he wants — but he eventually relents. His conflicted nature forms much of this absorbing character study.

There’s something cozy about the “curated” part of the upcoming Fringe Festival, with its rich dedication to the concept of home and its direct auxiliary conceits of proximity, family, comfort and closeness. That’s what you’ll see in Geoff Sobelle’s athletic “HOME,” Thaddeus Phillips and Steven Dufala’s kid-friendly “Billion Nights on Earth,” Pig Iron Theatre’s existentialist “Period of Animate Existence” and Michael Kiley’s spirited “Close Music for Bodies.”

Feel-good Mexican comedy “Hazlo Como Hombre” (“Do It Like a Man”) — about Santi (Alfonso Dosal) coming out to his best friends, Raúl (Mauricio Ochmann) and Eduardo (Humberto Busto) — has been breaking box-office records in its home country this summer. Now, American audiences can see the film, opening Sept. 1 in area theaters, and laugh along as machismo is skewered.

Gunnar Montana feels he is on the cusp of some major changes in his life as he proceeds with pulling together his sixth Fringe Festival show, “Kink Haüs,” opening Sept. 5. He will turn 30 soon. He is celebrating almost a year of sobriety. Additionally, his arts venture recently got its 501(C)3 status as a nonprofit.

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